A collection of Irish vegetarian recipes for your St. Patrick's Day table, or any time of year.
This collection includes bread, sides and main dishes for St. Patrick's day, some of which can be made ahead of time.
Updated July 26, 2022
Traditional Irish food for St. Patrick's Day may feature a leg of lamb with rosemary, or meat and fish pies. Shepherd's pie (meat with a potato crust) and Guinness and Beef Pie are both very popular. But what if what you really want are Irish vegetarian recipes for your table this year?
I've got you covered.
I've pulled together some ideas ranging from bread to sides and main dishes. All are vegetarian, some are vegan.
B R E A D
Potato Rolls with Chives
These Potato Rolls with Chives are super soft from adding a mashed up boiled potato, with a slightly crusty crust. And they're loaded with chives. These are yeasted rolls, and very easy to make. There's very little actual work on your part - but allow time for the dough to rise.
Soda Bread with Raisins and Orange Zest
Soda Breads don't use yeast - they only use baking soda for the leavener, with buttermilk to help activate it. My version - Soda bread with Raisins and Orange Zest is in keeping with traditional versions, but I added raisin soaked in whisky and some orange zest. And salt. Many of the earliest versions of soda bread are famous for omitting salt.
S I D E S
Best Ever Braised Cabbage
My Best Ever Braised Cabbage will make cabbage lovers out of haters. The recipe is written for Savoy Cabbage, but you can use any kind of cabbage. It includes onions, white wine, a little cream and a dash of mustard. And of course it has caraway seeds, although they are completely optional.
Easy Roasted Garlicky Cabbage Steaks
Or make these Easy Roasted Garlicky Cabbage Steaks for your cabbage side (and hello, cabbage is a must for a St. Patrick's Day meal). This post includes tips for getting the surfaces crispy, although this dish is delicious either way.
Vegetarian Cornish Pasties
These flaky Vegetarian Cornish Pasties are filled with creamy celery root, potatoes, leeks and pickled apples. They're a little more trouble, but I use a frozen pie dough to make mine. They're perfect for a warm appetizer or side dish.
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Old Fashioned Potato Gratin
Potatoes are required for any St. Patrick's Day table. One option can be this Old Fashioned Potato Gratin. If you have a hand-held mandoline for slicing the potatoes, this dish comes together pretty quickly, and the potatoes will cook evenly.
Perfect Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
If you prefer mashed potatoes, make these Perfect Cheesy Mashed Potatoes. They are always a hit!
Mashed Celery Root with Blue Cheese and Watercress
For a different twist on mashed potatoes, try this Mashed Celery Root recipe I created for The Food Network's blog. I swapped out potatoes for celery root, and added blue cheese and watercress.
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M A I N S
Cheesy Cauliflower Rarebit Slab Pie with a Rye Crust
This Cheesy Cauliflower Rarebit Slab Pie is from a cookbook I reviewed that a friend of mine wrote. And it is absolutely delicious, and perfect for a crowd. It's essentially a cheesy cauliflower casserole wrapped up in a slab pie with a rye crust. Make it ahead, and reheat for a party.
Kale and Cauliflower Tart in a Cheddar Crust
This delicious Kale and Cauliflower Tart is packed with kale, caramelized onions, cauliflower and roasted tomatoes. It's all layered into a cheddar cheese crust.
I hope you find something in this collection of vegetarian Irish recipes for your table this year.